Just in: Felt, Adidas, Schwinn and Specialized

A dialed in all-rounder, some light road shoes, a commuter and some trick touring wheels.

New bikes and goodies are trickling in every day. Here’s a short list of some of the cool stuff we’ll be testing and reviewing the next few weeks at BikeRadar:

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Felt F1X cyclo-cross bike

For road riders looking to escape the pavement, the US$1,450 Felt F1X cyclo-cross bike is a good alternative to a standard mountain bike.

It’s been said anyone with a hint of bike-handling skills can commandeer any bike off road, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see more `cross bikes on fire roads and semi-technical dirt trails.

We received the 20.6-pound Felt F1X on a warm mid-November morning, and within 30 minutes were ready to ride. At first glance, the workmanship, assembly and product spec were spot-on, and once the Crankbrother Candy pedals were installed, it was easy to dial in the fit and prepare for the trails.

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Adidas Race SL road shoes

Proper fitting and reliable performance road shoes are hard to find, and sometimes there are diamonds in the rough. The US$175 Adidas Race SL shoes are light (313g) and use a thin aluminium/carbon sole. A few hundred miles have convinced me that the German company has put its best foot forward for 2008.

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Schwinn World Street

Hydroformed aluminium transportation and commuter 700c-wheeled bikes with mudguards, disc brakes and racks are becoming the norm, and the US$650 Schwinn World Street is a pretty impressive effort for the 113-year-old company.

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Roval Roubaix 322X touring wheelset

The 1550g/pair Roubaix 322X wheelset from Roval uses a unique carbon-bodied front hub with 24 DT Aerolite butted spokes laced to a 19mm wide seamless alloy rim. The bright red CNC-machined rear hub uses Swiss internals, mating its 30 DT Aerolite spokes to the same alloy rim. The US$1,050 wheelset will make its way onto our upcoming titanium Lynskey sportive road bike test this month.

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Specialized S-Works Body Geometry road shoes

Heralded as the lightest (250g) production road shoe with a mechanical closure, the ’08 S-Works BG road shoe combines a carbon sole, engineered footbed technology, and the cool Boa rotary closure to create an almost slipper-like road shoe for US$280. Three rides have already proven sublime.

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